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that the state department suffered from systemic failures in its response to the threat in benghazi. and it says, insufficient security was present on the ground. the report also looks into the military response to the attack which killed our ambassador and three other americans. defense secretary leon panetta now saying it was clearly a terrorist attack despite early reports blaming it on a protest that got out of hand. >> as always with these kinds of situations there is a mix here but clearly with regards to one of the facilities involved, a direct attack on that facility. i think that there's no question that extremists were involved in those attacks and i think that, you know, we were able to try to respond as best we could at the time. bill: chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge on the story from the beginning. what does the report conclude, catherine? >> reporter: thai, bill, good morning. it is a scathing report. there are 29 recommendations, five of which are classified. all of which have been accepted by the secretary of state hillary clinton. this report concludes that t
and during the deadly attack in benghazi. >> heather: peter doocy in washington, thanks. >> gregg: last of the newtown school shooting victims has been laid to rest. hour earns attended services for three children. eight days after the gunman killed 26 women and children. since then, more than $2.6 million worth of condolences have poured into the official memorial fund. >> heather: gun control debate heating up in the wake of the connecticut school shooting, national rifle association bribing go silence yesterday. critics slamming for suggesting them that armed police officers should be placed in every school in america. rick levanthol has a fair and balanced look at the argument. >> a number of viewers bill clinton made a similar proposal back in april of 2000 one year after the columbine shootings. pop warner football pledged $60 million in a fifth refund of founding for the is cops and schools in program placing hundreds of police officers in hundreds of public school when the assault weapon ban was in place 12 years ago. it hasn't stopped critics slamming the nra calling the group'
.s. consulate in benghazi. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed that day. the panel finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice and what she said about whether there was a protest. this report didn't find that there was a protest, but it also kind of really is the first look at what went wrong, a kind of very sobering look i'd say of what went wrong. and they said that basically the state department and the embassy in libya kind of missed the warning signs that there was an imminent attack coming. there wasn't a specific threat, but a lot of attacks on ot
. >>> finally, some real answers about the benghazi attack that killed four americans. we now know more than reason for the grossly inadequate security. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with president obama's call to action against what he calls the national epidemic of gun violence amid the trauma over the newtown school massacre, he has put vice president biden in charge of the agenda that could be submitted to congress next month. and a growing number of americans want action from the government. a brand new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice president biden to lead this group of cabinet lawmakers to come out with some solutions and he wants those recommends from him no later than january. the president said this time washington won't just t
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and what it makes for the investigation of the attack on benghazi. >> dave: some are hearing that democrats want to use more tax dollars to reduce spending. we'll have the details ahead. >> we are live in time square. they are setting up the barricade and barriers out there. more on that . maria molina is down there am she is tiny amongst the sky scrapers. "fox and friends" begins right now. ♪ ♪ "fox and friends". ♪ it is nice and calm and in a few hours it will be bonkers. >> you have been down on the crazy evening. what time do they get down there? >> they start in the afternoon. they have everything in the gates carrolls -- carols and you can't go anywhere . >> adult diapers. >> pretty much. we talked about it earlier. >> it is new year's eve . if you are partying, time squares just at home we have your cure for the hang over and what you should drink and what you should not drink. >> a whole table. >> peter: i went and bought myself aspargus . what it can do to prevent a hang over. >> first, it is it the final day of the year. we can't really celebrate yet the way we would like to
removed her name from consideration. lawmakers were unhappy after statements been the attack in benghazi. secretary of state hillary clinton is set to retire in the next few weeks. she is actually recovering at home after a concussion caused by when she fainted. dehydration from a stomach virus caused clinton to pass out. an aide says she will work from home next week. clinton is not expected to testify at congressional hearings thursday on he benghazi terror attacks. >>> some big names are looking to get in on the hostess brand business. bloomberg reports growinger and wal-mart are among in 24 companies bidding for the twirvegie maker's assets. a the largest bread-baking company in the world is also interested, along with food producers, conagra and flowers foods and the baker of little debbie snacks, hostess, filed for bankruptcy amid a nationwide worker strike. bidding could go as high as a billion dollars. >> let's check on our weather with leigh glaser. >> leigh: hi there, everyone. a cold rain has settled over the bay area. the clouds trapping a pool of cold air close to the surfac
gets down to business over president's gun control initiative. this morning's benghazi hearings, hillary clinton is grounded by her doctors did. the fiscal cliff vote. >>> and buzz lightyear likes space suits. >>> starting with a full-blown winter storm that could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas. eight states have already issued blizzard warnings, almost ens e ensuring a white christmas for many parts of the country as the storm continues moving east. if that's not enough, more storms are forecast for next week. we'll have bill karins full forecast coming up. >>> as time runs out for lawmakers hammering out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, house republicans are sweetening a backup plan to gain more gop support. the president is vowing a veto even as hangups and negotiations threaten to keep him in town or delay his hawaiian vacation yet again this year. the irs estimates as many as 100 million tax returns could be delayed if no deal is struck by january 1st. >>> nbc's tracie potts joins us now from washington to break it all down. good morning. what's happening in
the incredible pictures. it's all "happening now." jon: a scathing new report on the benghazi terror attacks that left four americans including our ambassador dead. good morning, i'm jon scott. jenna: good morning, everybody, i'm jenna lee. an independent panel authored this report that slammed the state deet and blaming management and leadership there for quote, systemic failures and gross security lapses. however the panel recommends at this time no disciplinary action. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is live on capitol hill with more on this. catherine, in the last hour we have some brand new reaction to this report. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: that's right, jenna. first of all the report concludes there was no protest prior to the attack. that al qaeda is not dead. it has metastasized. that its followers have a new home in eastern libya. and that the benghazi on 9/11 was a significant defeat for the united states. it killed 4:00 americans including our ambassador. it also shuttered our diplomatic security presence in eastern lib. >> as well as a siza
leaders demanding answers why the consulate in benghazi was so vulnerable on september 11th. that is when terrorists attacked the compound and filled four americans including ambassador chris stevens. catherine herridge with the very latest from the capitol hill. what is the headlines this morning, catherine? >> reporter: thank you, jon and good morning. two themes really many donated at this morning's hearing. first of all we had 18 independent reviews before called accountability review boards. senators questioned whether any of them have been fully implement and and whether this one about benghazi would be any different. second of all the witnesses were pressed on a number of very specific warnings that went from libya up to the state department here in washington that this consulate could notwithstand a coordinated attack from terrorists. fox news was first to report on a emergency meeting in benghazi in august which people on the ground essentially predicted the way would die a month later. one senator said this morning that despite these warnings no action was taken. >> you were awa
jess atherly who just joined the force last year. most detailed report on the benghazi terror attack could be released today. they will deliver the assessment to the state department. the state department will make recommendations on improving security. secretary of state hillary clinton is not testifying as plant after fainting and suffering a concution . john kerry is apparent lein for the post. president obama will nominate septemberor john kerry as next secretary of state. susan rice, the un ambassador being considered but dropped out of the running after being critized after blaming the benghazi attack on a spontanous attack. a soldier touches down to see his new born baby girl enter into the world. sergeant karick had been away in stan stan. >> it was special and i can't explain it the timing was amazing and just being able to come home. >> i was thought daddy here's macy. they ran on to him and done bother. >> gretchen: the red cross arranged the flight. his daughter nine pound three ounces and joining twos and a brother. it is a great way to end the first flock when you see t
again with less than two weeks to go. >> and getting to the bottom of the benghazi fiasco. hearings set to start in a matter of hours from now. good morning you to. sorry about the singing this morning. welcome to "early start." >> it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. she's been singing all morning. we're going to begin with this storm. the cause behind all the singing. it is a big one. it is pounding the nation's midsection and threatening to derail holiday travel plans for millions of americans. what bad timing. a blizzard warning in effect for half a dozen states. colorado has already been clobbered at 156 mile stretch of interstate 70 had to be shut down in both directions yesterday. look at that. the storm is also hitting iowa hard overnight packing wind gusts over 50 miles an hour. the wind part of the real problem here. some places could see a foot of snow or more. emergency management officials as far north as wisconsin offering this advice to early christmas travelers. >> i think the first thing you should think about is changing your plans for thursday. >> you know, a lot of people get
of the year. hearings are being held today on the deadly of the attack on benghazi, libya. arguing whether more money would help keep american diplomats safe. >> if the state department intends to blame it is long string of failures on inadequate funding, then perhaps it should take a closer look at the money that is being lavished on global climate change, culinary diplomacy programs and other favored projects. in money could have been used for providing diplomatic security, including hiring additional personnel and providing them with adequate equipment and training. >> we're joined now by elise labott who covered all of these hearings. so what did you come away with? >> a couple of things, wolf. it's widely politicized. you heard elana. she doesn't even accept the report. she says the state department can't review itself because of its failures noted by the panel and she's looking for secretary of state clinton to testify in january. i also think that the state department officials, bill burns really contrite, what else can you do, wolf, with such a scathing report other than to say we
assessment of the state department and its failure to protect the u.s. consulate in benghazi. we're expecting to hear from a number of members of congress there in just a little while. our foreign affairs correspondent is also monitoring that and she'll get back to us with a report as events merit. >>> you have probably never heard of the office of congressional ethics. it's an office you should be concerned about because it's one of the most important watchdogs in washington. it investigates possible wrong doing by members of congress. now the office of congressional ethics is in danger of being eliminated. >> what is outrageous about it is you see members of congress on both sides saying they have zero tolerance for unethical contact conduct, but they are trying to kill the one body in congress that's trying to seriously go after unethical members. >> reporter: melanie sloan is the director of crew. she's talking about the office of congressional ethics, the only government body outside of the congress whose sole mandate is to look at members in congress. members of congress want the commit
department is that they don't get funded for embassy security and consulate security like in benghazi. kerry can bring his enormous prestige as a senator for many years to get that funding. he's almost become president and foreign leaders respect him and the most important element, richard is his relationship with the president. it's a strong one. he's carried out a lot of missions for president obama and iraq and afghanistan, so i think it's an exceptional appointment and he'll sail through. he is an exceptional appointment. i think another asset that he has is the major challenges he's going to face. he has experience in them, stopping iran from getting a nuclear weapon. restarting the middle east peace negotiations and dealing with a hostile north korea. finding ways to deal with the arab spring, the explosions there. he is so qualified in so many areas to deal with those crises. >> governor, you brought the issue of benghazi, with that still as an overhang right now waiting for secretary clinton to speak to lawmakers on the hill with secretary of state kerry, will that then be mitigated?
in benghazi. an independent review releases a report on just what happened that night in libya and how it could have been prevented. >>> blizzard warning from denver to detroit a week before christmas. the storms bringing an unwelcome present to americans traveling home for the holidays. 50 mile per hour winds, a foot of snow. we're tracking the latest forecast. >>> plus this. >> with all this -- all the new, you know, talk of new legislation going on to assault rifles, i really -- you know, i definitely want to get a few more before, you know, something may happen. >> gun sales spike as gun control simmers. talk of new policy sends many americans on a shopping spree. ♪ where are those good old fashioned values, on which we used to rely ♪ >> "family guy" is back and we'll show you part of the episode that was canceled out of respect for the people of newtown, connecticut. newtown, connecticut. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. first up, president obama and the first step toward new gu
on the failures leading up to the attack on benghazi. just a few hours before the hearing starts on the hill. >>> president obama and speaker boehner digging in their heels with a dozen days to go before we go over the fiscal cliff. >>> another day of painful goodbyes in newtown, connecticut. for the fourth straight day funerals of children gone far too soon. >>> among our guests this morning, we'll be talking to senator richard blumenthal, senator johnny isaacson, congressman peter king. it's thursday, december 20th, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, welcome, everybody. the first significant winter storm of the season is our starting point this morning. it threatens to derail some holiday travel plans for maybe millions of americans along with the snow. there's also a threat of tornados in the south. the governor of wisconsin has declared a state of emergency even before the storm hits. six states across the midwest are under blizzard warnings. the system stretches all the way from the great lakes to colorado. the rocky mountain state already taking a big beating. 156
benghazi attack in libya. following a concussion she sustained last week. the state department says clinton passed out and hit her head after being dehydrated from a stomach virus. she was expected to testify this thursday before congressional committees investigating to the deadly benghazi attacks on four americans. the house chairwoman made it clear she plans to ask women to testify at a different time. john kerry appears to be the next nominee to become the u.s. secretary of state. reportedly president obama will announce his nomination in the coming weeks. word of kerry's selection comes days after the previous front runner u.n. ambassador susan rice withdrew her name from consideration. if the nomination is confirmed by the senate, the 69-year-old would replace hillary clinton who plans to step down soon. >>> voters are heading to the polys to find out who will be the country's seventh prime minister in six years. the member is likely to be the next prime minister. tsunami politics likely to play a role in this nomination. >>> people in fiji are bracing themselves for cyclone e van. th
poorly ahead of the benghazi terror attack on 9/11 the state department told us last week they were all either gone or demoted. this is direct quote from spokeswoman victoria knew land. secretary clinton accepted eric boss equal's decision to resign as effective up immediately. the other three individuals have been relieved of their current duties. all four individuals have been placed on administrative leave pending further action. the "new york post" is reporting those folks are still on the state department payroll. eric boswell who they said resigned did not resign and all four will be back to work before too long. >> they just shifted the deck chairs and they want to make the american people believe that the state department has held people accountable for their lack of security and sending help to four brave americans. this is incredibly inept of the state department to think that it continue to fool the american public. pathetic. >> reporter: we've asked the state department about this and they have chosen so far not to clarify or deny any of it. keep in mind that right now, they
in the wake of the benghazi attacks. >>> secretary clinton was supposed to testify about benghazi this week, but that's on hold now. she suffered a concussion and now she's resting at home. the secretary has been battling a stomach virus and fainted after becoming dehydrated. her office says it's not severe. >>> it's election day in japan and voters are choosing a new parliament. the election could return former prime minister to office if his liberal democratic party wins and lots of analysts expect that he'll win big. he's promised to get japan's struggling economy back on track. let's go back now to kate bolduan and john berman in connecticut. >> there are news going on around the world and thank you, victor, for keeping us to speed on that. >>> people will be going to church services this morning to grieve for their loved ones. >> absolutely. >> we'll tell you some incredible and heartwarming stories about the victims, but, first, we want to show you the names and the ages of all 26 people killed at sandy hook elementary school on that friday morning to honor their passing. ...so as you
attack in benghazi injected foreign policy into the race. >> justice will be done. >> reporter: a week later, the campaign shifted again to the hidden cram ra video of romney's comments on the 47% and an instant obama attack ad. number four, among the year's biggest moments. >> there are 47% of him who are with him. >> reporter: the gop needed a breakout moment and got one at number three. the debates and president obama's lackluster performance in the first face-off put romney back in the hunt. the president would have to redeem himself and polls show that he did. >> i said if i got bin laden in our sights, i would take that shot. >> reporter: but at number two came the mother of october surprises. sandy. the devastating superstorm put much of the nation's focus on the president's handling of the crisis. and the high marks he received from a top romney surrogate, new jersey governor, chris christie. >> i can't thank the president enough for his personal concern and passion for our state. >> reporter: polls show the race moving towards the president who won handedly. >> this is he elec
. number nine, september 11th in benghazi, libya, am was dor chris stevens and three others killed in the attack on the embassy there. american officials first insisted it was spontaneous, sparked by a protest over an anti-muslim film. the administration's response to the attack became a political hot button. number eight, no freedom here in the hermit kingdom. kim jong un took over for his father. the west hoped there would be change but there wasn't. flexing its military muscle, by place i placing aa satellite in orbit. number seven, brutality by police and private security was out in the open in south africa, where the killing of minors was captured on camera and broadcast everywhere. minors were protesting, demanding higher wages. the price they hado pay shocked the world. >>> number six, ten more years, communist party of china selected new leaders, the secretive process produced a new president, l.a. lakers fan married to a rock star. but china's foreign policies are likely to stay the same. number five, moment morsi, islamist group, became president of egypt. as his predeces
the benghazi attack in libya, at least at this point. >>> time for us to talk about our weather and, boy, it was pretty rainy out there today. let's check in with meteorologist mark tamayo to find out if the showers will linger throughout the night. >> the rain showers and also cold temperatures, tough to be outside today, with readings only in the 40s for most of the region. only in the 40s. as far as rainfall totals, did pick up late this morning into the afternoon hours. radar loop throughout the afternoon showing numbers did add up, especially after the 2:00 or 3:00 hour. san francisco, 0.15. santa rosa, 0.20. san jose, 0.14. livermore, 0.17. as far as temperatures, that was another big part of our weather story today. look at all the 40s. these were the afternoon highs. santa rosa topped out at 46 degrees. concord, 47. san jose, only 49 degrees. as far as right now on live storm tracker 2, activity has been on the decrease. we do have this winter weather advisory toward lake county until sunday morning. snowfall will be on the order of 2 to 4 inches. right now, on the maps on live s
when it came under fire in benghazi, including our ambassador to libya, chris stevens. secretary of state hillary clinton created the independent review board, however, she will not be able to testify at the benghazi hearings later this week because of a concussion. let's talk about it all with steven yates a former deputy assistant for the vice president for national security affairs during the bush administration. steven, thank you for being with us today. >> glad to be with you, jon. jon: this independent advisory review board was appointed by the state department. does that mean it's controlled by the state department or does it live up to it's title of independence in. >> it's independent in the sense that it doesn't come within the bureaucracy. it will be former officials that guide the effort. it will be informed very much by sources within the bureaucracy itself. i think it's part of an effort to focus more on lower-level bureaucrat particular decisions and operational decisions and away from political and policy decision has fed into the controversy. jon: do you expect w
of the department's top four security officials. the benghazi report noted that chronic budget pressure kept managers from spending money on needed security. in response, secretary clinton is asking congress for $1.4 iollion above the initial budget request for next year. senator john kerry chaired the hearing. >> congress also bears some responsibility here. congress has the power of the purse. we use it for any number of things, but it's our responsibility. >> reporter: kerry is the front- runner to replace clinton as secretary of state when she steps down next month. republican senator bob corker emphasized for him, it's not just a money issue. >> i'm just saying that the culture within the state department to me is one that needs to be transformed. this committee can help. elybe the next secretary of state can help. tht the fact is, there's a lot of work that needs to be done there. >> reporter: lawmakers confirm on whoecretary clinton who is at omme recovering from a concussion will testify herself in january. they also learned that the f.b.i. investigation into which terrorists carried
to close down the cia annex in benghazi? >> reporter: it's worth contrasting the status of the consulate with that. while the consulate site has never been secured, fox news is told that the cia annex in benghazi was shuttered by september 12th less than 24 hours after the attack. all classified information was removed or pwurpbld. burned. the decision to close down the annex same at 5:15 local time when the annex took fire from two mortars. the process began the night before after the consulate was attacked in the evening hours. the initial stages of the agency's proscribed evacuation kicked in as a cautionary step. once it was clear they could not sustain their position that was wrapped up and they were able to get everything out, classified information, either moved or destroyed by about 7:00am local time. so the contrast is that within hours the cia was able to close down their operation, and that consulate has never been secured by any u.s. personnel, jon. jon: and it's almost three months later and still all of these questions. >> reporter: that's correct, uh-huh. jon: thank you, c
the decision to close the c.i.a. annex, the c.i.a. operation in benghazi, was made early morning hours of september 12 about eight or nine hours after the first wave of the attacks hit the night before. fox was told the c.i.a. site was sanitized so that all of the classified material, the classified equipment, was either destroyed or removed in a 12-hour window and we asked the lawmakers about this. they have not wanted to discuss it on camera but they are indicating this shows you where a lot of the focus was in those hours after the attack, very much on the annex and c.i.a. operation. >>trace: thank you, catherine, from capitol hill. the sea port strike that cost southern californian estimated $1 billion a day is over. workers at the ports of los angeles and long beach walked off the job a week ago and many cargo ships had to change course or simply line up until the ports re-open. for retailers this could not have come as a worse time because they rely on this sea port for a holiday good like clothing and if unture and electronics. both now have struck a deal. adam is like at the po
to secretary graham talking about the secretary and the benghazi hearing. >> when her hearing date comes she should testify as current secretary of state. she should be asked, as far as i can tell there was no interview of her in preparing this report. she needs to be asked about what she knew about the deteor eighting circumstances in benghazi. >> we should say she did not appear because she is recovering from that concussion she took as a result of a fall. but have we seen the full fallout from benghazi yet? >> not yet. there's still areas that i'm sure congress is going to want to explore. and i think that senator graham sing correct, that secretary clinton should be asked questions that she apparently was not asked during the course of the investigation. and be held accountable for them. i think that she will be. i think she will testify very forthrightly and one of those issues where, you know, you said at the top of the department and not everything comes to your attention. what the report cited was xroes inadequacies in terms of leadership and management skills at that bureau level an
gives a scathing assessment of the state department's failure to protect the u.s. consulate in benghazi. watch what ranking member of the committee susan collins had to say. >> the terrorists essentially walked into the compound, virtually unimpeded, and set it ablaze due to extremely poor security, in a threat environment that the undersecretary of state, patrick kennedy himself, has conceded was flashing red. >> the committee also found the department relied too heavily on libyan security guards who were known to be unreliable. this report comes after a similar scathing assessment by an independent state department board which led to top security official and three others at the department stepping down. >> and a charter bus crashed in northern oregon killed nine people and injured least 26 more. the bus skidded on ice, crashed through a guardrail and tumbled several hundred feet down a steep e steep embankment. the driver hasn't spoken to authorities. he was severely injured in the crash. >>> the body of newtown school gunman adam lanza has been claimed by his father. connecticut's c
the benghazi attack. secretary of state hillary clinton will testify at an open congressional hearing. her testimony will follow the release of a report by the state department's accountability review board. the state department has been under fire for its handling of the terror attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >>> the syrian crisis could reach a new level. with concerns that the syrian regime could possibly use chemical weapons. we'll tell you how the u.s. is reacting. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i knew what i could save before i switched to progressive. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. you're not filming this, are you? aw! camera shy. snapshot from progressive. test-drive snapshot before you switch. visit progressive.com today. >>> the fighting in syria is intensifying around the damascus airport. reuters reports the government still controls the airport, but rebels say they are blockading it from most sides. meanwhile, the international community is worried president ass
by a fallen tree. >>> digging into benghazi. what state department officials said about mistakes made at a hearing this morning, looking into the deadliest it on the u.s. consulate in libya. ñ >>> the major indexes on the stark market all down slightly. uncertainty about the approaching fiscal cliff just days away was top on the mind of many traders. also at the forefront of many traders' minds was the news that euronex, the parent of the new york stock exchange, planned to sell itself to international continental exchange. that's an upstart and lesser- known exchange based in atlanta. right now euronex stock is up. >>> the number of americans filing for unemployment benefits rose. 365,000 filed for first-time benefits. that's 17,000 more than the week before. commits say that is still in the range that signals companies are not laying off enough people to increase the unemployment rate. but it's also a sign business is not creating enough jobs to you cut the jobless rate either. >>> 7:44. more funerals and memorial service today for the victims of the newtown, connecticut school sho
. and this president is committed to just that. but the other topics -- benghazi. the state department said secretary clinton received the report from the review board. can you give us the idea of when you expect the president may receive that and what kind of action the white house may take to prevent another terror event? >> i don't have a timetable for you in terms of that process, when the report moves from the state department. the president has looked forward to the review board to work as he looks forward to the completion of the investigation by the fbi. so it is hard to say what action he will take because we have not seen the reports. >> the fbi is still investigating as well. do you have any sense the last time the president got an update from the fbi as to where their investigation of benghazi stance. also, secretary clinton has been ill obviously and no one would expect to testify right now but is the administration committed to have her testify before she leaves office? >> i would ask the state department about her schedule and her illness that she is dealing with. but i certainly am no
cannot nominate susan rice and not because of the benghazi scandal but because of her previous tenure at state where she doesn't have a good record and her u.n. record is not good. we don't have time to go through the particulars, but i think senator kerry would not only be the policy and political wiser choice. >> everything i've read about ambassador rice, she's imminently qualified for the job. >> you guys can continue this conversation at home right now. thanks to both of you for joining us. >>> the royal line of succession could soon be adding a new name. britain is buzz right now over the news the royal family is about to add another member. ll t in time for christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. >>> catherine duchess of cambridge is pregnant. cnn's royal correspondent max foster is at the epicenter of the madness that's going on right now. the hospital where the duchess has been admitted with acute morning sickness. max, give us the latest.
in benghazi. it was involved in attacks and planned attacks in europe. a lot of people forget they tried, actually in the 1990s to fly a plane in the eiffel tower much like what happened in new york on 9/11. so it's a very, virulent group that certainly threatens us and our allies. jenna: your expertise on this, peter, what do you think about our military intervention? we'll explain what that means in a moment. what do you think about us getting involved here? is this a good decision now with the tiling? what your thoughts? >> we need to recognize the threat and we need to prepare to do something but we need to really prepare the terrain. i'm very concerned that we're rushing into something that's very half-baked. the african force that is talked about is a little over 3300 men. which is a laughable amount when you're talking about an area the size of texas. it is not a serious force. so they need our help. they need some training but they're not adequate. so until there's really commitment to put a force in there, that can actually do something, we run the risk of jumping into something
in benghazi libya. the u.s. ambassador and three others were killed. the report slammed the state department for what it called systemic failures leading up to the attack. four senior level state department officials took the hit. one resigned, the other three put on administrative leave. how does this whole thing affect her legacy especially if she decides to run for president in 2016? allen lichtman joins us. the board did not blame the secretary but made clear there were problems high up at the state department. pretty damning. what's the impact on secretary clinton? >> pretty damning. to paraphrase harry truman, when you lead an organization like this in government, you're riding the tiger. well, the tiger didn't quite devour her but it took quite a bite out of her. can she recover before 2016? absolutely yes. this is not chap quick dick where the blame for a death seemed to fall squarely on senator kennedy. and really he never could recover from that. here the blame is spread far and wide. the commission did not pinpoint hillary clinton, and of course, the blame also falls on members of
of subjects here and that one, thankfully turned out well. let's turn now to benghazi because you are very involved in this. an independent investigation, i know you read it, produced this blisser iting report what they refer to as systemic failures in the very department that is headed by hillary clinton. apparently the state department and, you read through this report, they were utterly clueless about the threats and dangers in libya. how much plame rests on the shoulders of hillary clinton? what do you want to hear from her when she finally testifies? >> well of course the blame is on the libyan terrorists and we don't want to minimize that but when it comes to the things we can control, our own government i think the state department and the obama administration as a whole must be made accountable. this was a terrorist attack that where four americans diplomats were murdered. gregg: should she want to know, should she have been involved in security? >> not only should she have known, i want to know why in the seven hours that this firefight took place why did this accountability revie
inchbored inch bureau after christmas. >> our ambassador who died in benghazi tragically was communicating with you. he was communicating information to you. it's a great loss that he's not with us. what was he able to tell you? >> he was purchase furnishing us information that he was able to extract from bits and pieces that was scattered all over the offices, and as he gathered this information he would make it a point to get a hold of one of us in the organization of the families that have stuck together, and we would relay that information on. possibly what we were looking for was who else was involved in the downing of pan am 103, was assad, the iranian government? we know that they at one time were very much involved, but to what degree we can't tell you, we don't know and i don't think i want to speculate. jaime: well, stan, the thing is, the lone bomber got a hero's welcome when he returned, and he's now died. do you still believe that there were other people responsible? >> well i think that they provided -- they provided information as if they were to cooperate toward the bombing
at the -- you know, in her term, leading the benghazi situation, and also tim geithner's numbers are so bad because of the terrible fiscal situation we're in. and i think susan rice, i think the president stood behind her, as long as he possibly could, and just couldn't stand behind her anymore. i think what we're seeing, already, with the hagel potential nomination, is i think a lot of the republicans are withholding their judgment. they are -- they don't like the way he was critical of the iraq situation. but many of them, what i'm hearing, is they're reserving judgment. but i think it is good for the administration to throw names out there. to see what kind of feedback they may be getting. but we all know that the nomination process is a tough one, no matter who is put out there to face the questions. >> alice, senator mike crapo of idaho was arrested this week in virginia, for dui, and he's found himself now back in the hometown newspaper in idaho, being compared, at least favorably, to former senator larry craig. listen to this and let's look at the words -- oh, i can't read it. all ri
the benghazi attacks on officials under her command and the action that state department takes in order to prevent any future attacks like the one in libya. >> secretary clinton has indicated she will implement all of them. my message to the state department has been very simple. and that is, we're going to solve this. >> reporter: now a new senate report released today also sharply criticizes the state department while widening the blame as well, finding fault with the pentagon and white house. clinton told the committee chair she's committed to working with them once she recovers and will appear before them once she gets the go ahead from her doctors. republicans want to hear from clinton in person before they'll consider confirming her successor. >> i've been told from senator kerry he wants that approach also. he needs to hear what she says so he can make comments about i agree with her, i don't agree with her. it makes sense to have her go first. >> clinton's spokesman has not said where the blood clot is located. doctors not involved in her case say if in her legs it's easily trea
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